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Gerald L. Klingaman
Chocolate Vine, Fiveleaf Akebia
Named for its delicate, hand-shaped, compound leaves, five-leaf akebia is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen twining vine native to China, Japan, and Korea. The leaves - comprising five rounded leaflets - are dark green with blue-green undersides. In spring, small, fruitily scented, brownish-purple flowers are borne in clusters, followed in fall by purplish sausage-shaped fruits.
An adaptable plant, fiveleaf akebia accepts most soils and exposures, including shade. It can twine up a structure, shrub, or tree, or clamber along a bank. It may be invasive in some situations.
9 - 5
5 - 9
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
China, Japan, Korea
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Blue Green
Groundcover, Screening / Wind Break, Vine
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